Instant Pot Copycat Honey Baked Ham

This INSTANT POT COPYCAT HONEY BAKED HAM will make your Christmas both easy and delicious! Made in minutes and just like the real thing.

Before learning to cook, buying a main course (or even side dishes, let’s just be honest) from Honey Baked Ham was my go-to. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with that, and it served our family plenty of delicious meals, but c’mon guys…you can make it at home!

It’s just as good, cheaper, and now SUPER easy because of the Instant Pot. I might not have tackled it before…but I’m all about it now. The Instant Pot has changed my life and I want to shout it from the rooftops! 

This INSTANT POT COPYCAT HONEY BAKED HAM will make your Christmas both easy and delicious! Made in minutes and just like the real thing.

Thanks to the Pressure Cooker (which you can and should buy HERE (aff link but not sponsored. I just am OBSESSED), we have made recipes including Apple Pie Oatmeal and even Thanksgiving Turkey. I have so many more things I want to try, but this Honey Baked Ham was at the top of my list. With Christmas coming up it was just meant to be. Make it with Creamed Corn, Pineapple Pretzel Salad, Garlic Herb Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes…SO many options. But just make it.

This Instant Pot Copycat Honey Baked Ham has the best crunchy sugary glaze and the ultimate most amazing juicy flavor. I want to make this for every holiday, not just Christmas. Especially since its so simple. Done in 30 minutes?! Check! You’ll totally be the star o of the kitchen with this recipe. It’s the perfect main course that pretty much goes with anything and everything. And it makes KILLER leftovers. Heats up like a dream. Delish delish delish!!

So to recap…you don’t need to buy your main course when you can easily make it at home in your instant pot. Click here to check out my favorite one. You need it in your life, trust me!


Serves 10

Instant Pot Copycat Honey Baked Ham

This INSTANT POT COPYCAT HONEY BAKED HAM will make your Christmas both easy and delicious! Made in minutes and just like the real thing.

10 minPrep Time

30 minCook Time

31 minTotal Time


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  • 6-7 lb. fully cooked, spiral, bone-in ham
  • 2 cups apple juice or apple cider, divided into two, ½ cup portions and one, 1-cup portion.
  • 2 cups brown sugar, divided into two 1-cup portions
  • ¼ cup coarse ground mustard, divided into two 2-tablespoon portions
  • ¼ cup honey, divided into two 2-tablespoon portions


  1. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together ½ cup apple juice, 1 cup packed brown sugar, 2 tablespoons coarse ground mustard and 2 tablespoons honey.
  2. Place the ham in a rimmed dish and pour the apple juice mixture over the entire ham. Rub it in and around the ham – being sure to get in-between the slices of ham (as much as possible).
  3. Spray the 8 Qt Instant Pot pan insert with cooking spray and pour 1 cup apple juice in the bottom. Place the ham in the Instant Pot and pour any leftover juices that had drained off the ham back over the ham. Cover and lock the lid in place with the vent closed. Set the Instant Pot on manual and on high pressure for 20 minutes. Allow the steam to release naturally (unless you are in a hurry, then do a quick release of the steam).
  4. While the ham is cooking, cover a rimmed baking sheet with foil, and spray the foil with nonstick spray.
  5. Set the oven to broil.
  6. Remove the ham from the pressure cooker and place it on the prepared baking sheet.
  7. Combine ½ cup apple juice, 2 tablespoons coarse mustard and 2 tablespoons honey in a small bowl. Brush the apple juice mixture over the cooked ham. Rub (and press) 1-cup brown sugar into the top surfaces of the ham, and place the ham under the broiler 5-10 minutes or until the glaze is bubbly and caramelized.
  8. Transfer the ham to a cooling rack and cool for a few minutes. Serve warm or cold. It is delicious either way.
  9. Enjoy!
612 cal
15 g
48 g
68 g

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Would I be able to make this in my 6qt Instant pot? And when putting the ham in the insert, do you put it directly in to it or on the trivet that came with it?
    Becky Hardin
    Ours was pretty tight in our 8qt...but if you got a small enough ham you could absolutely do it in a 6 qt. And yes, directly in. :)
      Would the cook time be different for a smaller ham?
        Becky Hardin
        Yes shave 5 minutes off I'd say. I haven't done it on a smaller ham but I would think a big shorter would be good.
Hi there, so i jUst made this and im wondering did you find it difficult to remove from the pot? It was a tight fit but it also fell apart. Thanks
    Becky Hardin
    Did you use an 8 qt? We had trouble a bit just because it was heavy so two people helped to get it out. Otherwise we didn't have trouble with it falling apart...I'm sorry! I hope it still tasted delicious.
what do you do if you have a 6 quart instant pot??? I would think you could do the same thing but just get a smaller ham and try to re-figure the ratio of ingredients. I think maybe I already answered my own question. LOL Merry Christmas and a blessed New Year to you and yours.
    Becky Hardin
    Ha! Yes you can do that, we just had trouble finding a smaller ham. If you can find one that would work perfectly. You could also probably cook for a few less minutes, but the cook time should be about the same. Merry Christmas!!
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